Historically, stories by and for people of color have been commodified by white theaters. In the wake of recent casting practices from several Chicago theaters whitewashing Latinx stories and narratives (“Evita” at the Marriott, “In the Heights” at Porchlight, among countless others), who should take responsibility for this invisibilization of culture and community? What role does the actor play in all of this? The theater? Join us for this town hall community gathering to better understand the process of producing and casting plays of color; the consequences and effects of cultural and racial appropriation; and create action towards making change in the greater Chicago theatre community (perhaps nationally) around race, representation and equity in casting practices.
Porchlight’s whitewashing of In The Heights narrator is a letdown for Latinx community by Tommy Rivera-Vega
Part of the Problem: Porchlight’s Casting of “In the Heights” by Jose Nateras
Casting an “authentic” in the heights by Trevor Boffone
Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago is Presenting IN THE HEIGHTS With An “Authentic” Cast… and Cast a Non-Latino to Play Usnavi… And Here’s What Happened Next… By Tommy Rivera-Vega